June 4th, 2012
08:12 AM ET
2 years ago

Castro's daughter: I want an Obama win

(CNN) – Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, said she would like President Barack Obama to win a second term as president.

"As a citizen of the world, I would like him to win," Castro told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an interview set to air Monday. "Seeing the candidates, I prefer Obama."

Filed under: 2012 • Cuba • President Obama
Rubio to release memoir
December 5th, 2011
10:16 AM ET
2 years ago

Rubio to release memoir

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is set to release a book about his life in the fall of 2012.

Sentinel, an imprint of the Penguin Group, will publish the memoir about Rubio, who's frequently mentioned as a potential running-mate on the Republican presidential ticket.

Filed under: 2012 • Cuba • Florida • Marco Rubio
Cain: How do you say that in 'Cuban?'
November 17th, 2011
11:16 AM ET
2 years ago

Cain: How do you say that in 'Cuban?'

(CNN) - While campaigning in Miami on Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, who's taken heat over his knowledge of foreign policy, dodged questions on issues related to Cuba.

Asked by a reporter if he supported the "wet-foot, dry-foot policy," which allows Cuban immigrants to stay in the United States once they get in, Cain responded: "Wet-foot, dry-foot policy?"

Filed under: Cuba • Florida • Herman Cain
In Florida, Cuban coffee meets tea party politics
September 11th, 2011
05:42 PM ET
3 years ago

In Florida, Cuban coffee meets tea party politics

Miami (CNN) - For politicians seeking public office, a stop at the iconic Cafe Versailles is a must.

This Little Havana institution has become a symbol of the strength of the Hispanic vote. Here, Cuban exiles have turned their conservative stance against the Castro regime into a political force to be reckoned with in U.S. politics.

On Monday, Sept. 12th, CNN will broadcast the "Tea Party Republican Debate," live from Tampa, Florida at 8 p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and campaign news leading up to the debate on CNNPolitics.com and @cnnpolitics on Twitter.

People in Miami order coffee at Cafe Versailles, an institution that has come to represent the importance of the Hispanic vote.

Filed under: 2012 • Cuba • Florida
August 18th, 2010
05:43 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama administration preparing to loosen rules on Cuba travel

Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration is preparing to announce new rules allowing some travel to Cuba, along with an expanded ability for Americans to send economic assistance, a senior U.S.official and congressional sources told CNN Wednesday.

According to two congressional aides briefed informally on the plans, the administration is expected to announce "soon" that it will essentially reinstate measures that were in place under the Clinton administration.

Both aides stressed the administration is still working through the details and legal language.


Filed under: Cuba • Obama administration
June 13th, 2010
01:15 PM ET
4 years ago

U.S., Cuba set to talk about immigration issues

Washington (CNN) - U.S. and Cuban officials are set to sit down together in Washington on Friday to discuss immigration and other issues, according to a State Department spokesman.

"The U.S. views the migration talks as an important opportunity for both the United States and Cuban governments to discuss policies and procedures that promote safe, legal, and orderly migration," State Department spokesman Michael Tran told CNN Sunday.

Filed under: Cuba • Immigration • Obama administration
December 29th, 2009
01:18 PM ET
3 months ago

U.S. diplomats visit detained American in Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) – U.S. diplomats were allowed access Monday to an American subcontractor detained by Cuban authorities, according to the U.S. Interest Section in Havana.

The visit is the first since the man's arrest December 5, U.S. Interest Section spokeswoman Gloria Berbena told CNN.

She declined to offer further details regarding the man's identity or conditions of his arrest.

Filed under: Cuba
November 19th, 2009
05:57 PM ET
4 years ago

U.S. and Cuba practice softball diplomacy

Havana, Cuba (CNN) – A metaphorical timeout has been in place between the United States and Cuba for nearly 50 years. But that could all be changing with the help of sports.

Fifty-six Americans flew to Havana this week for a series of games with Cuban counterparts. The games are friendly, But these veteran players take their softball seriously.

"Well we sort of got a handle on softball diplomacy and big things start in small places and maybe this will be the spot for it," said U.S. softball player Stu Gray.

For the opposing pitcher, it's working.

"This bolsters ties between the two countries ... There's a real friendship between us," said Cuban softball player Roberto Castelo.

Players from the two baseball-crazed nations are all over 55.

"I'd like to see more Americans have the opportunity to come to Cuba and see what Cuba is today. And I think the Cubans appreciate Americans," said U.S. softball player David Brissen.

And that idea is gaining traction in Congress.

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Filed under: Cuba
November 19th, 2009
11:11 AM ET
4 years ago

U.S. lawmaker calls for lifting of Cuba travel ban

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The U.S. government has no right to restrict Americans from traveling to Cuba, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Thursday.

"It is the only country in the world where our people are not allowed to go," said Rep. Howard Berman, D-California, at the start of a hearing on whether it is time to lift the travel ban.

"Let's face it. By any objective measure, the nearly 50-year-old travel ban simply hasn't worked," Berman said, referring to the Communist nation's refusal to embrace democracy.

Filed under: Cuba
June 5th, 2009
03:51 PM ET
5 years ago

Former State Department offical arrested

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A former State Department official and his wife have
been arrested and charged with being spies for the Cuban government fo the past
30 years.

Filed under: Cuba • State Department
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